Tongbin (Teresa) Qu

Tongbin (Teresa)   Qu
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Planning, Design, & Construction
  • PhD, Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University
  • MS, Transportation Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Tongji University
  • 552 West Circle Drive, Room 203D
  • Human Ecology Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.884.2597


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Current Research

Dr. Tongbin (Teresa) Qu's research experience covers a wide variety of transportation issues, including travel demand and vehicle emission modeling, traffic congestion monitoring and evaluation, bicycle and pedestrian planning and modeling, as well as Big Data analysis. During her years with Texas A&M Transportation Institute, she was involved with several national level Strategic Highway Research Projects (SHRP) funded by Federal Highway Administration, and led and participated many regional projects funded by Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Houston-Galveston Area Council. In addition, Qu was also instrumental in planning and design the bike share program on the Texas A&M university campus before coming to MSU.

More recently, Qu has engaged in mobility research for people with disabilities. Her research focused on investigating mobility needs and travel behaviors of people with disabilities and applying state-of-art technologies (i.e. cell phone app and Autonomous Vehicles) to help them to travel independently. She is working with researchers in health arena as well as cell phone app developers on providing tools to help the people with special needs when traveling by public transit.

Qu is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF). She is also actively involved with Transportation Research Board committees, including Developing Countries, Bicycle Transportation, Pedestrians, Accessible Transportation and Mobility, as well as Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies.


  • Active Transportation
  • Accessible Transportation
  • Multi-modal Transportation Planning modeling
  • Transportation Planning with Big Data
  • Shared Mobility
  • Autonomous Vehicles for People with Disability